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Unit44 has been championing artist endeavours for over seven years from their base in Newcastle and have brought internationally renowned artists to the city. On Thursday 20th June they bring a pop-up art experience to a derelict building (Backyard Bikes on Lime Street, opposite Seven Stories) in Ouseburn, Newcastle. Lazarus Style’ – A night with Mysterious Al is the first exhibition in 3 years from the street artist who rose to fame in the early 2000s in the UK, along with the likes of Banksy, D*Face and Word to Mother.

Mysterious Al, who has worked with the likes of Vans, Yahoo!, Carhartt, Levi’s and Adidas will showcase 12 new works in an experience of darkness, light and colour that has changed dramatically from his street-art beginnings. His vibrant, high-energy ‘mask’ paintings were born from an epiphany at a London museum five years ago, as he explains:

“I was desperate for a piss so popped into the museum to find a toilet. I went the wrong way and ended up in a room full of African masks. These crazy dudes were simple and crudely made yet they had so much character and expression. It was a time in my life when I was feeling lost and trapped within my work, and the vibe of these masks gave me a newfound energy. I made my first mask painting that night.”

Al’s recent solo show in Melbourne was a bestseller, attracting over 1300 people through the doors over a single weekend and gallery curator Danny Hughes believes that this too will be an unmissable experience.

“This is big for us, whilst we’ve been busy behind the scenes we’ve not had a show here in Newcastle for well over 12 months. Al has been a contact of the galleries since inception, it just so happened that the stars aligned for this project. And we jumped at the opportunity to work with such an internationally regarded conceptual artist.

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